Mark Fields (American football)
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|Date of birth:||November 9, 1972|
|Place of birth:||Los Angeles, California|
|High school:||Los Angeles (CA) Washington|
|NFL draft:||1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13|
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Fields played college football for Washington State University. He was selected in the first round (13th overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. He played six years in New Orleans, leading or coming close to the team lead in tackles. He later played one year with the St. Louis Rams before signing with the Carolina Panthers before the 2002 NFL season. However, before the start of the 2003 season, he learned he had Hodgkin's disease, and he was forced to sit the season out. Both he and linebackers coach Sam Mills were sources of inspiration for the team, who made it to Super Bowl XXXVIII before losing to the New England Patriots. Fields returned to play in the 2004 NFL season, and made the NFC team at the 2005 Pro Bowl.
He was a student at Washington Preparatory High School. He attended Southwest College and Compton College before attending Washington State. His son, Mark Fields II, has signed to play cornerback for Clemson.
- "Doctors discover Hodgkin's disease has returned". ESPN. May 6, 2005. Retrieved July 22, 2011.
- "National Signing Day 2015: Mark Fields Signs with Clemson". Shakin' The Southland. February 4, 2015. Retrieved February 22, 2015.